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Batting Last, Jim Watson: Whopper Watch

This is grim. How much did Mayor Jim Watson know about bringing Double-A baseball to Ottawa? Very, very little. Case in point. Watson in an interview with the Citizen’s Joanne Chianello said that Triple-A baseball was too rich for Ottawa’s … Continue reading

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Jim Watson’s Baseball Top 10 List

Here are the Top 10 things Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said about his rather botched baseball file. No word on what he said about the casino or bridge files. His Worship speaks below: 1. Just like our new Can-Am League … Continue reading

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Does Ottawa Still Have A Baseball Deal?

Bulldog Ottawa is just throwing this out there, but consider it. If the Can-Am League, which the city has an agreement with for a franchise in 2015, is now operating as a division of the independent American Association because it … Continue reading

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Can-Am Team Folds; League Joins American Association

The Can-Am division of the American Association has only four teams left. — The Newark Bears are no more and the Can-Am Mortgage and Loan League has joined the American Association as a division of its western cousin for the … Continue reading

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How Baseball Pays For Arts Court

Real baseball at Ottawa Stadium. What a concept. — When the bidding for baseball finished, two surprises occurred. First, the candidate Mandalay Baseball that wanted an ambitious program for Double-A level ball was surprised it lost having been in negotiations with … Continue reading

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Save Ottawa Stadium

A Bulldog Ottawa reader stresses the importance of keeping Ottawa Stadium for baseball in this email to the news site: Ken: We spent a recent Sunday at The Ottawa Stadium as my 13-year-old son played a baseball doubleheader against a … Continue reading

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Watson’s Baseball Economics

Here is Mayor Jim Watson on why he opted for Can-Am League baseball instead of the Double-A brand Eastern League that the city had tried to land for years. It’s a case of odd priorities. Watson massively overspends on light … Continue reading

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Baseball Strikes Out: Bulldog On CFRA

CFRA’s Rob Snow and Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray discuss the fiasco that is the city’s baseball leasing decision at Ottawa Stadium. To listen to the Afternoon Edition broadcast on CFRA, click on the podcast player below:

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A Little Baseball Problem: Whopper Watch

“We’ve had some instability,” says Can-Am League Commissioner Miles Wolff. No kidding. The league was so surprised to be picked by city staff to operate out of Ottawa Stadium that the Ottawa Watsonators don’t even have an owner. Maybe Mayor … Continue reading

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The Secret Plan For Ottawa Stadium

As kept coming up during the negotiations for baseball, the wish of staff is to carve up the Ottawa Stadium site for development.

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Why Is City Denying Councillor Baseball Bid?

OK, so Bulldog Ottawa called last week to see the Mandalay Baseball bid submitted to the City of Ottawa to lease Ottawa Stadium for a Double-A Eastern League franchise. So too did another city media organization and it was told … Continue reading

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Get Out Of Dodge, Baseball Fans

Here’s what Mayor Jim Watson and his city staff are implicitly telling people in Ottawa who are even remotely interested in baseball:

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First Baseball, Now Light-Rail Cuts (Video)

Now that deputy city manager Nancy Schepers has recommended the Can-Am League of beer baseball for the 10,000-seat Ottawa Stadium (the Newark Bears of the Can-Am draw 453 patrons a night) because of cost, Schepers has decided to apply that same … Continue reading

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Double-A Baseball Bid ‘Negotiable’, Mandalay Says

Ottawa Stadium in the days of the Triple-A Lynx. — The losing bidder for the baseball rights to city-owned Ottawa Stadium says the $40-million figure for the municipal contribution to renovate the park was a top-end estimate that could be negotiated … Continue reading

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Baseball Bid Could Go To The Lawyers

College Councillor Rick Chiarelli said he is considering asking for an independent legal opinion on the bidding process for Ottawa Stadium baseball rights. In particular, Chiarelli, a member of the city finance committee, said Thursday he was concerned that councillors … Continue reading

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A Swing And A Miss On Baseball

This is what baseball once looked like in Ottawa.  — The Eastern League of Double-A baseball is the luckiest league in the world. Why? Because it’s not doing business with the City of Ottawa.

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Watson’s Baseball Flop

Mayor Jim Watson is tweeting out Tuesday night that the city can’t afford $40 million for a Double-A baseball team. It’s unclear at this point how the city would be out $40 million but let’s take that it is true … Continue reading

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And Where Is The Baseball Parking?

The Ottawa Lynx failed because they didn’t have enough parking when most of their customers travelled to the game by Highway 417 next door. If you have a stadium like the Ottawa example beside the busiest highway in eastern Ontario, it’s not … Continue reading

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Double-A Baseball Chances Near Deadline

The chance of Minor League Baseball in Ottawa is getting close to the wire. Joe McEacharn, president of the Double-A Eastern League, says a decision for baseball in Ottawa will need to come by this fall so that the league can … Continue reading

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The One ‘Legitimate’ Ottawa Baseball Offer

Baseball at Ottawa Stadium. — Let’s do a very close analysis of the Ottawa baseball press release that didn’t make it to Bulldog Ottawa’s mailbox last week: The City of Ottawa has received multiple submissions for its Request for Offers … Continue reading

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City Fails To Play Ball

The bidding for use of Ottawa Stadium is complete. — Strangely enough, your agent at Bulldog Ottawa didn’t even know a press release had been issued on the results of the bidding process Thursday on professional baseball for Ottawa until … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Fooled On Baseball Bids

Don’t be fooled by the city saying it has received multiple bids to renovate Ottawa Stadium for baseball and take on a lease. Sure the city probably has received a few bids but one of the conditions of the deal … Continue reading

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One ‘Legitmate’ Bid Received For Ottawa Baseball

Ottawa Stadium: So far no major roadblocks have appeared in the effort to bring baseball back to the city. — The City of Ottawa has received one “legitimate” bid in its call for interest to locate an Eastern League Double-A … Continue reading

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Baseball Deal Close To Fruition

Here’s where baseball stands now, as gleaned from a number of my sources. The parties that talked in April have an informal agreement in place. Negotiations in April included Rogers Communications, the Toronto Blue Jays (which are owned by Rogers), … Continue reading

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City Issues Baseball RFO

This is a release from the City of Ottawa: In accordance with City Council’s direction to staff on June 12, the City of Ottawa’s Supply Branch today released a revised Request for Offers (RFO) for a “best offer to lease” … Continue reading

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